THE MOST COMMON CONCERN surrounding under eye skin is that it seems to show signs of aging quicker than the skin on the rest of the face.
This is not uncommon or unusual.
The main reasons for this are as follows:
- The skin under our eyes is thinner and more delicate than anywhere else on the body.
- This skin (also known as periorbital skin) is subject to constant stretching and pulling motions thanks to our facial expressions - think smiling, laughing, crying, squinting etc. On average, we blink 10,000 times a day. So it all adds up.
- The skin under our eyes has fewer oil glands and collagen levels than the rest of the face (or body). As a result it looks less nourished and less plumped up faster.
- The skin under our eyes loses water at a more rapid rate than the skin on the rest of the face. Again this is what makes the skin seem dryer and more irritated.
PRIMARY CONCERNS OF UNDER EYE SKIN
- Wrinkles and fine lines, also known as crow’s feet. These normally appear as early signs of aging. Your lifestyle can also contribute to some extent.
- Dark circles or panda eyes. These are linked to genes as well as to lifestyle choices.
- Puffiness or under eye bags. Lifestyle choices and the age factor are the primary cause of this concern.
- Hollowness. Loss of collagen (i.e. aging) contributes to hollowness.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO ADDRESS UNDER EYE SKIN CONCERNS
Here are the most effective ways in which you can address these concerns.
The main causes seem to be genetic, lifestyle factors as well as the normal process of aging.
Aging and genetics are something that is unavoidable.
However lifestyle changes and the right approach to skincare can slow down early signs of aging.
There is of course medical intervention - beginning with botox and moving on to injectables and fillers. However that is not covered in this guide and we would recommend connecting with medical specialists for this option.
5 best practices to follow for under eye skin care are as listed below:
- Protect your skin from sun damage. Wear sunglasses when outdoors in bright light. This helps in protecting your skin from the effects of UV rays as well as prevents unnecessary squinting. While applying sunscreen do not forget the suborbital skin. UV rays also cause collagen breakdown so protect your eyes from exposure to the sun's rays.
- Stay hydrated. This means drinking sufficient quantities of water, avoiding over-salted foods and keeping a watch on your intake of diuretics (ingredients that make your body lose water more rapidly) such as tea and coffee. Excessively salty food causes your body to retain water which translates to under eye puffiness. Low hydration levels on the other hand cause circulation to slow down. This dilates blood vessels including those just below the skin's surface. Thanks to the thinner periorbital skin this dilation shows up as blue shadows bellow your eyes.
- Make sure you get enough good quality sleep. Fatigue, insufficient sleep or too much sleep also contribute negatively to your appearance. When you are tired your body automatically increases the amount of cortisol flowing through your bloodstream. This is so that you have enough energy to get through your day. However this elevated amount of cortisol also causes your blood vessels to dilate which - you guessed right - shows up as under eye bags and puffiness.
- Quit smoking. Not only is it bad for your lungs, but nicotine can cause your skin to lose collagen faster. And this translates to those early crows feet and lines around your eyes.
- Apply a well formulated eye cream or serum to that delicate skin around your eyes. Lifestyle changes combined with good skin care practices will help you address your major concerns about under eye skin.
SHOULD YOU SKIP EYE CREAM IF YOU ALREADY APPLY MOISTURIZER
Simple answer - no!
A well formulated eye cream will address the very specific issues of the periorbital skin (the skin around your eyes). Since this area is thinner, with fewer oil glands and lower collagen levels - not to mention the much higher level of movement that it is subjected to on a daily basis - a skincare product formulated for your under eye skin will differ significantly from that formulated for the rest of your face.
To understand this basic difference, think of how the skin on the bottom of your feet differs from that on your face. Just as a facial moisturizer would not help to nourish the skin on your feet, a foot cream would feel too heavy and overly occlusive on your face.
Eye cream or serums will:
- Hydrate and moisturize
- Address under eye discoloration
- Help reduce puffiness
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Vya Naturals Under Eye Serum is formulated with:
- Hyaluronic Acid and Rosemary to soothe and hydrate
- Caffeine and Niacinamide to reduce puffiness and under eye discoloration
- Vitamin C and E along with grape extract are antioxidants that protect under eye skin and maintain elasticity
- Avocado (vitamin E), Moringa (vitamin C), Rosemary (vitamins A, C, and B6) to further boost collagen levels and to keep the under eye area plumped up and smooth
Don’t skip using an under eye cream just because you use a moisturizer. The skin around your eyes has a structure different from that on the rest of your face. It is best to use a product specially formulated to cater to its special needs.
Secondly do not expect miraculous results - under eye skin related concerns need to be addressed with patience as well as with a combination of lifestyle changes and the right skincare approach.
4 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHILE APPLYING EYE CREAM
- Use product specifically formulated for under eye skin
- Apply product sparingly. Just a little bit goes a long way
- Do not apply product too close to your lower lashes
- Be gentle. Apply product using your ring finger as this exerts the least pressure
Content of this website is not a substitution for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We do NOT replace any relationship that exists, or should exist, between you and a medical doctor or other healthcare professional. Results given in testimonials/reviews are from real people who have used Vya Naturals products, but identical or similar results are not guaranteed. Individual results may vary depending on skin type, sensitivity, lifestyle, age, skincare products combinations, skincare history, as well as how the products are applied and stored.